Private Raymond Duval, MM, was a soldier of the 14th Battalion (Royal Montreal Regiment) CEF who served overseas during the last two years of the First World War. He participated in some of the fiercest fighting seen by Canadians during the war and was decorated for bravery at Passchendaele. Determined to preserve his memories of the First World War, he maintained a daily record of his experiences. Here is what he wrote precisely 100 years ago today:
Monday, Dec 9, 1918: Marched about 32km to Sistig – Roads not so bad but boots going bad – Mallow with his German lingo has got us a nice Billet – seemingly very nice people This isn’t too bad after all.